Stories by Beth Ford Roth
Military LGBT activists are "astounded" that San Francisco Pride organizers chose Chelsea Manning - a.k.a. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning - as honorary parade grand marshal. Manning was found guilty of espionage in 2013 for handing over top secret government documents to Wikileaks. Today the Army upheld that conviction, and the 35 year sentence that went along with it.
On Saturday morning in Bath, Maine, the daughters of the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship that bears their father's name. The USS Zumwalt is being hailed as the the largest Navy destroyer ever built. Its new home will be San Diego.
Scores of USS Ronald Reagan crew members have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the Japanese utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The class-action suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, claims the utility lied about unsafe levels of radiation emanating from the plant after Japan's epic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Amidst the desperate search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the U.S. Navy's Towed Pinger Locator 25 may have picked up pings from the black box of the missing airplane. The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield, towing the U.S. Navy's black box detector, picked up the pings Sunday in a remote region of the southern Indian Ocean.
A San Diego family thanked the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and California National Guard after requiring a military rescue when their 1-year-old daughter became seriously ill aboard their sailboat. The Kaufman family was attempting a controversial trip around-the-world trip with their two small daughters.
The epic search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be one of the main topics Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to discuss when he meets with fellow defense chiefs at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference. Hagel said en route to the conference that the search has "big limitations" to being successful.
Marines and sailors assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment will depart Camp Pendleton on Tuesday for a six month deployment to Australia. The deployment is part of the U.S. Department of Defense's effort to bolster forces in the Asia Pacific region, where China is asserting its own presence.
The brothers of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, found his body Tuesday, making the Regelbrugge one of at least 24 people killed in the Washington state mudslide. Regelbrugge was a California native who spent 32 years in the Navy, serving some of that time at Naval Station North Island in San Diego.
The Air Force has scheduled an Article 32 hearing to take place May 12 for Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean M. Oliver. The hearing, akin to a civilian preliminary hearing, will determine if there is enough evidence for a court-martial in connection with the strangling death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov.